Ali Collier has spent much of the last 18 months running, walking, and generally having fun while raising money for St. Margaret’s Hospice! St. Margaret’s became a part of Ali and her family’s lives when her step-son, Ambrose, was cared for by the hospice in 2015.

“St. Margaret’s means so much to us as a family not just because of the amazing care Ambrose received, but also because of the care the whole family received. We felt safe and looked after, and in a surprisingly happy atmosphere. They helped to make a difficult time as comfortable as possible.”

Ambrose passed away in February 2015 and since then Ali and other family members have been committed to giving something back. 

“As a ‘Team’ we ran the 2015 Colour Run. It was quite soon after Ambrose died, so yes, there were times that day when we were filled with sadness. But, because of the event and knowing that everyone there was taking part because they too had been touched by the wonderful care, sadness was soon replaced with happy memories of Ambrose, feelings of achievement at having actually made it round, and knowing he would be laughing out loud at us all looking so ridiculous.”

20+ members of family and friends took part in, or supported, ‘Team Ambrose’, which raised a staggering £1,335 in sponsorship in 2015, and a further £690 headed by Clare (Ambrose’s wife) for ‘Team Ambrose’ in 2016. But Ali's fundraising hasn't stopped there...

Since then she’s taken part in St. Margaret’s 2015 and 2016 Santa Dash, the 2016 Great Somerset Colour Run and Bubble Rush. If all that wasn’t enough of a challenge, in 2017 she took part in the Great Somerset Walk, as well as St. Margaret's epic Machu Picchu trek! This year, in 2018, she has also braved a Wing Walk! 

However, it’s raising awareness as well as money that Ali thinks is an important part of St. Margaret’s events... 

“I will admit that before we needed St. Margaret’s I wasn’t particularly aware of what they did and how much they can make a difference – I think that is the case for many people, who are unaware of the sort of care St. Margaret’s provides.”     

“Until you’ve had first-hand experience of St. Margaret’s it’s also difficult to appreciate that it’s the little things at times that really make the difference. For us it was knowing Ambrose was being cared for with such love, and that family and friends were able to be with him, even staying over at times. For Ambrose, it was all about the food - Clare, his wife, said he was always looking forward to the next meal, he couldn’t wait!”

If you would like to support St. Margaret's by attending one of our fantastic fundraising events, please take a look at our upcoming events.